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Sermon Quotes: "A Psalm for the Perfect Storm"

“It confronts us with a fact whose impact on us may have weakened.” Derek Kidner

“Our word majesty comes from the Latin; it means greatness…The word majesty, when applied to God, is always a declaration of his greatness and an invitation to worship. The Christian’s instincts of trust and worship are stimulated very powerfully by knowledge of the greatness of God. But this is knowledge which Christian’s today largely lack…We are modern people, and modern people, though they cherish great thoughts of themselves, have as a rule small thoughts of God. Today, vast stress is laid on the thought that God is personal, but this truth is so stated as to leave the impression that God is a person of the same sort as we are-weak, inadequate, ineffective, a little pathetic. But this is not the God of the Bible! Our personal life is a finite thing: it is limited in every direction, in space, in time, in knowledge, in power. But God is not limited. He is eternal, infinite and almighty. He has us in his hands; we never have him in ours. Like us, he is personal, but unlike us, he is great.” J.I. Packer

“This is, pictorially, the hostile scene familiar to us at ground-level, faced here in its full fury with biblical realism.” Kidner

“Imagine God the psalmist says, perfect in power, ruling over all things regardless of appearances. Such a picture surely breeds celebration…especially when the reader comes to realize that this is his or her God.” Dennis Tucker and Jamie Grant

“His hand may be hidden but His rule is absolute.” J.I. Packer

“Any of us could easily sit down and begin to list on a piece of paper various disasters that might overwhelm us: earthquake, flood, fire, disease, accident…The purpose of this short psalm is to remind us that whatever the scariest catastrophe we can imagine, God is greater.” ESV Devotional Psalter

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isa. 41:10

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7 

“Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:7